Fashion Week ended last week with an emphatic exclamation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence.
The First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD) closing runway highlighted designers from right across Australia.
FNFD celebrates independent Indigenous designers and supports their growth and development in the fashion industry.
Supported by THE ICONIC, First Nations Fashion + Design wowed a packed crowd on Friday night, with female musicians and a primarily female line-up of designers as a way to explore the matriarchal structure of First Nations’ culture.
And while the event marked the end of a week in which fashion was front and centre, it’s also a new beginning for First Nations fashion.
For Sydneysiders, Election Day this Saturday, May 21, will also mark the official opening of the Edit Collection and First Nations Fashion + Design pop-up store in Chatswood on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. It will be open for a month.
Available will be the designs on display at Friday’s show.
The theme of the night was Our Island, Our Home – a campaign by Torres Strait Islander people to raise awareness about climate change.
Christine Anu and Zipporah Corser-Anu, The Merindas and rapper BARKAA performed to a hyped audience.
It was one of those rare events in these pandemic times in that it attracted a very large crowd.
And there didn’t seem to be a single person in the audience who didn’t think this was an event worth attending and a fitting conclusion to Fashion Week 2022.